Not All Dental Crowns are the Same.

A crown, better known as a “cap” , is a permanently cemented restoration that replaces a  broken down, overly repaired tooth. The crown restoration strengthens the damaged underlying prepared tooth as well as can be used to improve appearance, shape or alignment within the arch form.

I will  recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

There are Three Types of Dental Crowns:

1-Full Cast Metal Crown. The metal alloy that can consist of, as much as , 56% gold and other metals. The “other metals” included in the alloy add desirable characteristics that enhance the restoration’s longevity in the harhness of the oral cavity. These crowns have a very proven track record. They work great long-term, but are ugly. This crown is created off-site at a laboratory. The process of getting this restoration takes two visits and two shots with an acrylic temporary  interim.  subsequently, there’s lot of time off from work, mixed in with the normal dose of dental anxiety because you are seeing me two times…

2-Porcelain Fused to Metal Crown(PFM). The metal component is usually a mixture of gold, palladium and platinum for the higher quality of crowns. The ceramic component gets baked onto the metal component under very high temperature under several atmospheres of negative pressure in a specialized furnace. The ceramic and metal alloy fuse via a unique ceramic/metal bond in the finished form. This crown is created off-site at a laboratory. This crown, as well, takes two visits and two shots with an acrylic temporary and a lot of time off from work.

Unbeknownst to the general public, there exists “lower end” crowns. For cost cutting measures and increased profits, some lab technicians may substitue the higher quality metal alloy for a cheaper less bio-acceptable/compatible metal. The biochemistry fusion process in the furnace is irrealavant; the materials fuse. The dentist, operating with high ethics, may not know of the switch, paying the dental laboratory technician for the better quality product. A potential for alloy substitution and lack of  transparency over the process of off-site fabrication is a BIG CONCERN FOR ME. Unscrupulous dental laboratories do exsist.  Why take the chance to outsource, when in one visit, we have the technology to design, create and fabricate in the office?

3-All Porcelain Crown. You guessed it. 100% ceramic. MY FIRST CHOICE. The most esthetic and very strong. My go to crown restoration 98% of the time for the past 20 years. This crown is created by Me, On-site  in my office— in One Visit via incredible CAD-CAM technology.

Look for the CEREC posts in the near future!

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My Passion is People and the Teeth Connected To Them! General dentist

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